HTC One M9 Android smartphone: Like a M8 with a squinty eye

27 Mar 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

HTC One M9 Review.

HTC’s latest revision to its One smartphone might not be all that revolutionary, but it’s still a damn good phone. OVERLAND PARK, Kan., Mar 26, 2015 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The new HTC One® M9 will be available for shipment from all Sprint S, +0.63% sales channels, including Sprint Stores, Telesales at 1-800-SPRINT1 and www.sprint.com, beginning Friday, March 27. As you would expect, building from such a solid base, the One M8 also received a good reaction, cementing HTC’s place as a leading player in the highly competitive smartphone market. So when the company revealed the One M9, another upgraded version of the award winning handset at Mobile World Congress earlier this month, it provoked some raised eyebrows, and high expectations.

That poses a very difficult question for a very particular type of smartphone buyer: someone who’s looking for a premium smartphone and wants that phone to run Google’s Android system. After all, it would have to be exceptionally good to convince fans who had upgraded within the past 12 months to part with potentially hundreds more euro to get the newest version. Then Sprint said it will also let customers order the device today online and in-store — note: you won’t be able to pick up the M9 in-store today, but you can order it there.

At the end of 24 months, customers in good standing currently have the following options1: Sprint will pay whatever it costs to switch, including early termination fees and remaining payments on the phone installment plans – no matter what is owed. In past years, HTC has certainly seemed to be the underdog, putting out indisputably beautiful phones but failing to gain traction in the premium-smartphone market, which Samsung and Apple have dominated.

AT&T is selling the M9 for $199 with a 2-year contract, Sprint is selling the handset on its lease programme, and Verizon will be doing the same deal as AT&T starting April 1st. Sprint will refund the switching costs within approximately 15 days of successfully completing the online registration and providing a bill that shows the early termination charge or device balance due. “If you’re considering the beautiful new HTC One M9, now is the time to rediscover Sprint,” said Doug Kaufman, director-Device Strategy, Sprint. “The Sprint network provides significantly better call quality and faster data speeds in more places than before. Both companies, therefore, have a lot riding on the success of their respective phones and need to offer their own unique features to woo the crucial customers they need.

The screen remains the same as on the M8 – it’s 5 inches in size with a Full HD 1080p resolution, which is arguably a missed opportunity when so many other manufacturers are moving to Quad HD. All embrace unibody design, giving them a sleek look and expensive feel that consumers have come to expect when forking over hundreds of dollars for a smartphone. And both HTC and Samsung have opted for screens in the five-inch range — landing the phones somewhere between the size of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. While you might think quality phone speakers have become redundant, being able to watch a few YouTube clips with proper, deep audio is a luxury I can no longer live without. It is contextually aware of location, time of day and what apps are preferred at home, work or on the go and will intelligently recommend apps and nearby restaurants with ratings from friends and followers.

It also did away with the option to add your own expandable card for more storage, something that the HTC One still supports by way of a micro-SD card. (Up to 2 TB, anyway.) HTC’s One M9 also boasts a slightly better set of cameras, with a front-facing “ultra pixel” camera designed for wide shots and a 20-MP rear-facing camera. It’s also really fast, thanks to an eight-core processor and a huge 3GB of RAM, meaning you don’t have to worry about closing your apps down to keep it working smoothly. Overall the differences that will probably have the greatest impact come not from the phones themselves but from the services offered by the companies that make them.

Sprint served nearly 56 million connections as of Dec. 31, 2014, and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading no-contract brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. However, camera purists seem disappointed that HTC, which has a reputation for innovative developments in camera technology, has changed direction back towards what its competitors have been doing for some time. On the flip side, HTC has been working to build out its portfolio of services, most recently with a sort of warranty program called “Uh-Oh Protection” that gives you one free phone replacement if you have to ditch your current model because of a cracked screen, water damage or a carrier switch.

Samsung’s Galaxy S6 will also be on all the major U.S. carriers — with a variety of pricing options — but will fall roughly in the same price range. If service or lease is cancelled early, the remaining lease payments become due immediately and customer must return the device or pay the purchase option. 2Most improved network claim based upon Sprint’s relative increase in first-place or tied for first place awards across all award categories combined as noted in the RootMetrics 2nd Half 2014 Mobile Network Performance Review Report, published Feb. 10, 2015, of four mobile networks across all available network types comparing the second half of 2014 to the first half of 2014. When it comes to storage, HTC has gone with a fixed 32GB ROM in the M9, which can be extended by another 2TB via the microSD, which is impressive for those who store their life’s work on their phones.

Aside from all that, there are some new features around the interface in Sense 7 and BlinkFeed, the addition of the Peel Smart Remote app for controlling your TV viewing and some other minor tweaks and changes. If you want to have a half-decent camera on you, whether it be for social media or to keep memories, the camera on the One is just too disappointing to make up for everything else great about the device.

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